One of the issues facing main contractors and clients alike is that of time. It is true to say that time is money in construction projects and the sooner a project can reach completion the sooner the client can begin using it and the main contractor can receive his payment. Large scale projects can benefit enormously from the use of Gypsol Screeds as they can save significant amounts of time as well as offering many other very tangible benefits.
This project, set in the idyllic rolling countryside of Rutland, was the construction of a brand new theatre complex including auditorium, dressing rooms and ancillary areas, totaling some 1200m2. The main contractor was originally asked to install a traditional sand cement screed but felt that this would not only take far too long but would present many other issues such as lack of dimensional stability leading to cracking, requirement for expensive and unnecessary smoothing compounds, reductions in mechanical thermal performance as well as costing significantly more than it needed to.
Had traditional sand cement screed been used this would have taken some 14 to 20 days to install. It is also doubtful that it would have been suitable from an engineering perspective. After suitable engineering calculations and discussions of the options available the specification was changed with the help of our technical and specification manager to incorporate 50mm of Gypsol XS screed over very high density insulation. This system was needed in order to helps withstand the rigours of dynamically loading the screed with a portable roller rack auditorium seating system as well as staging and heavy pedestrian traffic.
The GYPSOL XS screed was installed in just 2 days over the preinstalled underfloor heating, which saw over 3 miles of pipe used. The installation for the whole floor including insulation, underfloor heating and Screed was carried out by Lincolnshire based Flow Screed Floors Ltd.
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